Democrat Hillary Clinton and her allies cemented their financial advantage over Republican Donald Trump last month as the battle for the White House intensifies, new campaign reports show.
Trump’s campaign collected nearly $41.8 million in August and spent $29.9 million, ending the month with $50.3 in cash reserves. Clinton brought in about $60 million, raised largely at high-dollar fundraisers around the country, allowing her to push her spending to a new high of $49.6 million last month and still start September with $68 million stockpiled for the final two months of the election.
Although he is closing in on the 2.3 million donors Clinton claims, the former secretary of State and groups backing her swamped Trump on the airwaves in August and continue to build a campaign operation that dwarfs his.
Hillary Clinton will have some presidential support as she heads to Hempstead, New York, for her debate: her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
An aide to the former president says he'll travel to the debate with his wife. The aide isn't saying yet whether Bill Clinton will actually attend the debate.
The aide wasn't authorized to discuss Bill Clinton's plans by name and requested anonymity.
The debate's run-up has been filled with speculation about who will or won't attend. Donald Trump's campaign walked back his suggestion that he might invite Gennifer Flowers, a woman who had an affair with Bill Clinton.
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 5 percentage points nationally, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday.
Clinton tops Trump with 45 percent to his 40 percent support among likely voters. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has 6 percent support, followed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 3 percent support. Four percent of likely voters surveyed are still undecided.
In a head-to-head matchup, Clinton’s lead slightly increases to 6 percentage points, 50 percent to 44 percent with 5 percent undecided.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party Thursday for catering mostly to the rich and elite sectors of society, which he believed led to their electoral downfall, according to an NPR interview.
Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran against Clinton for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination last year, said that the Democrats failed to communicate to voters in rural parts of the country and that the party had neglected its progressive roots to pursue a more privileged agenda. Clinton, who outspent Republican opponent Donald Trump by nearly $500, came up short in electoral college votes, paving the way for a Trump presidency.
"Look, you can't simply go around to wealthy people's homes raising money and expect to win elections. You've got to go out and mix it up and be with ordinary people," Sanders said.